Information About Chiropractic Treatment
Chiropractic has been recognised since ancient times for effective pain relief and healing. The word Chiropractic is derived from the Greek words chiro meaning ‘by hand’ and practikos meaning ‘to practice’ – so the word chiropractic literally means to practice-by-hand.
Chiropractic is a drug-free method of restoring health to people of all ages, from infants, right up to the elderly. Chiropractic involves gentle spinal manipulation and joint manipulation to effect pain relief, better posture, and general overall well-being. Chiropractors realise that the human body has the ability to heal itself. The treatments provided focus on removing the interference to the body’s healing process.
The most common reason why someone may see a Doctor of Chiropractic is for lower back pain. Eighty percent of us will experience back pain at some point in our lives, and at present an astounding 30% of the UK population suffer with this condition.
Chiropractic is also effective for the management and pain relief of neck pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, whiplash, headaches, sciatica, knee pain, pins and needles, osteoarthritis, repetitive strain injury, trapped nerves and sports injuries. For a sample selection of discussions about some of these ailments, see the dropdown menu under the “Chiropractic” tab. Here you will find more detailed information about these common problems and how chiropractic can help give you pain relief.
Studies carried out by the Medical Research Council states that “chiropractic treatment was 30% more effective than hospital out-patient management, mainly for patients with chronic or severe back pain”, and that “patients with low back pain treated by chiropractors derive more benefit and long term satisfaction than those treated by hospitals”.
Sounds Interesting, But Is It For Me?
You may be wondering, ‘Is chiropractic care for me?’ The answer most likely is: yes it is.
The good news is that 99% of musculoskeletal pain, especially low back pain and neck pain is down to mechanical reasons, i.e. problems with the function of the muscle, joints, ligaments, tendons, etc. Only 1% of diagnoses in these areas represent more sinister causes, like neurological problems or tumours, etc.
Your chiropractor will have completed at least five years of university education, with a supervised clinical internship, resulting in the award of Master of Science, and eligibility for registration with the UK regulator the General Chiropractic Council. The training will allow your chiropractor to determine whether your problem is mechanical or not, and if it is then there is a chance chiropractic can help you. If you do not have a mechanical problem, then a GP referral can be provided.
Chiropractic care is suitable for all ages: babies, young children, teenagers, young adults (even pregnant women), middle aged and the elderly. Quite literally anybody can refer themselves to a chiropractor for assessment. Each age group has its own considerations and your chiropractor will take these into account. For example, treatment on children will be specifically tailored to be ultra-gentle, and for the elderly, arthritis or osteoporosis will very often be a concern, but again the manual techniques will be adapted to get the job done, whilst remaining as safe as possible for the individual.
Whatever age group you fall into or your diagnosis, as well as any concerns you may have, will be fully discussed before treatment starts. After all, it’s your body and we, as healthcare providers, are here to serve you, so please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.
Arthritis is a very common term and you will probably have heard it mentioned by an elderly relative or parent. It is derived from two Greek words ‘arthro’ meaning joint, and ‘itis’ meaning inflammation. You may well be experiencing pain from arthritis yourself. If so, read on.
What is arthritis?
This is a common question! There are many types of arthritis, you are probably aware that the two most well-known types of arthritis are: rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease). Osteoarthritis is generally caused by trauma to the joint, or sometimes by infection, and very often, age and the daily wear on a mechanical (joint) structure.
Arthritis and Chiropractic Care
As a chiropractor, I find it extremely frustrating to hear a patient tell me – “my GP said it was just my age and that nothing can be done”. If this happens to you, you may end up convincing yourself that you have to live with arthritis. In turn you may start to perceive a level of disability and so on.
Of course, a chiropractor cannot physically reverse the aging process, but through chiropractic care, you may feel less pain and gain improved joint function and, therefore, overall quality of life. Let me explain how this is achieved.
If you have arthritis, you will probably have a stiff, achy joint and it will very often have some muscle weakness around it, too. Our treatment will apply gentle mobilisation/manipulation to the affected area to free up your joint(s) affected by arthritis and restore movement. We will also prescribe exercises to strengthen your joint(s), which in turn will help stabilise the work being carried out.
In time, with enough manipulation the joint will regain a degree of function. The exciting bit about this is that, when maintained, the arthritic process will very often dramatically slow down, or may even stop! So if you are suffering from degenerative joint disease, and you have been told that nothing can be done to relieve these symptoms of arthritis, please call us – we can help!
We Are a Back Pain Clinic Providing Expert, Effective Chiropractic Care For Your Back Pain Problems.
Back pain is something that you have an 80% chance of suffering from at some point in your life and if you are unlucky enough to be one of the 30% of us suffering from back pain now, you’ll know just how much that back pain and associated discomfort can affect your daily life. Back pain also badly affects the UK economy, costing our nation an estimated £7bn each year!
Lower Back Pain
You may be wondering how effective chiropractic care is in the treatment of acute and chronic lower back pain. Well, in 2004, the General Chiropractic Council commissioned back pain research, culminating in the publication of The Brontfort Report. This report examined the effectiveness of chiropractic care for a host of conditions, including acute and chronic back pain and specifically, lower back pain. Approximately 70 scientific studies were summarised for back pain conditions, and they found that spinal manipulation was superior to sham intervention for the treatment of lower back pain.
If you’re suffering from back pain, you may also be interested to know that the British Medical Research Council has stated that “spinal manipulation performed by chiropractors was more effective than alternative treatments for low back pain”.
If back pain is impeding your quality of life, please let us show you the benefits of chiropractic in the treatment of back pain so you can get the most out of life.
If you spend a lot of time sitting, then you’re in good company. Many people find that neck pain goes hand in hand with being in a seated position more and more in the modern world. If you are like the average person, then the following sequence of activities, leading to neck pain, will probably be familiar:
you get up in the morning (without really paying much attention to stretching) then you sit down to have breakfast, followed by sitting on a train, or in the car, whilst commuting eventually you get to work and sit you some more at a desk or PC once the working day is over, you sit on your journey home at home, you sit down to have dinner or watch T.V. then off to bed (Not to mention the countless times we may slump our heads forward whilst texting!).
What you may not know, is that your head weighs 12-14lbs. It’s therefore not surprising that neck pain results from stresses and strains of supporting this weight! If you hold your head in the forward position over a long period of time then the muscles and ligaments adapt, leading to discrepancies in the curve of the neck. In turn, this then leads to joint dysfunction and stiffness, which is where a lot of neck pain symptoms begin.
Neck Pain in Children
More and more children are experiencing neck pain. Neck pain in children is unfortunately becoming more and more common. Your children may be more at risk of neck pain as their heads are larger, in proportion to their bodies, than in an adult. Our modern lifestyle, where children frequently use a phone and PC may put them at a higher risk of developing functional problems and neck pain later on in life.
Neck Pain – Chiropractic Treatment
Our approach to neck pain involves one or more of the following:
– Manipulation/mobilisation of the neck joints
– Advice on posture and healthy lifestyle choices that affect your pain
– Demonstration of appropriate exercises
What Is Sciatica?
Sciatica is unmistakable, if you are unlucky enough to suffer from it. Sciatica refers to injury or pressure on the sciatic nerve. This nerve runs from the lower part of your spinal cord, down the back of your leg, to your foot. If you have a sharp or burning pain, that radiates from your lower back or hip, and following the path of the sciatic nerve to your foot – then the chances are that you may well have sciatica.
Thankfully true sciatica, as described above, is relatively rare and generally people who experience leg pain typically describe it as being more of a deep ache, or tingling in the toe(s) or foot.
Sciatica – Diagnosis and Chiropractic Treatment
To investigate your sciatica, we would perform a full and thorough physical examination for you. This would include orthopaedic, postural, and neurological tests; perhaps with the inclusion of x-rays. This will allow us to determine what type of sciatica you have and whether or not it would be responsive to chiropractic care. If we suspect that you have a more serious cause of the pain, then we would provide an MRI referral (via your GP) to investigate your sciatica in more depth.
Sciatica – The Role of Exercise
The General Chiropractic Council website states that there is POSITIVE evidence to support manipulation for sciatica/radiating leg pain, both in the short term and in the long term. We encourage you to partake in self-help, such as stretching or strengthening exercises. We would also make you aware of any postural issues you may have that would perhaps represent an underlying cause of your sciatica.
Sports Injuries And Pain Treatment With Chiropractic
Sports injuries most frequently occur at the extremities of the limbs. The joints here are similar in their structure (and their function) to spinal joints and therefore chiropractors are appropriately trained to assess, diagnose and treat sports injuries problems in these areas.
The most common sports injuries seen at this clinic include:
– Shoulder pain, due to various reasons such as rotator cuff problems, frozen shoulder, tendonitis, and arthritic changes
– Tennis/Golfers elbow
– Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
– Hip disorders, including arthritic pain
– Knee pain
– Foot problems
Our clinic director, Dr Richard Boyd DC MSc, is a very keen athlete himself, having competed in rowing, powerlifting and boxing in the past. He is therefore very understanding of sports injury problems and will be able to give you guidance, and chiropractic care (if appropriate), in recovering from your sports injuries.